Alistair Lawson

Associate Professor (Reader)

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I am a member of the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking and Security within IIDI,  doing Research and Knowledge Exchange projects in the areas of software engineering, applications development, healthcare, speech and language, scalable systems, cloud computing, industry 4.0, information sharing, simulation, e-security, e-commerce, and e-learning.  I supervise Honours, MSc, Internship, and PhD students, and am line manager for a number of Research Staff.  My teaching is in the Software Engineering Subject Group at the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and I link my modules closely to my research and knowledge exchange experience in order to give students learning experiences and skills that are highly sought after by employers.

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  • Bio-inspired Computing
    In our increasingly global economy, companies are under pressure to optimise their activities in order to gain a competitive edge or to even remain sustainable. our optimisation research specialises in developing state-of-the-art algorithms that are capable of obtaining solutions to complex...
  • Cyber-Security
    Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.
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Merchiston Campus
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    Recent Projects

    Scottish Frailty Framework with Mobile Device Capture and Big Data Integration. The proposed innovation will develop and extend the current work into Frailty, with the long term focus on encompassing not only clinical factors, but economic, environmental and social factors.
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    PhD Project Involvement

    Charley Celice (PhD 2015-)
    Side channel attacks on devices.
    Frances Ryan (PhD 2013-)
    Online reputation management in a digital world.
    Paul Lapok (PhD 2015-)
    Growing mechanical systems with bio-inspired computing for mechanical design.
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    Recent Publications

    Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2016). Personal online reputation: the development of an approach to investigate how personal reputation is evaluated and managed in online environments. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Data Information and Information Management Conference (IDIMC), , () ( ed.). (pp. 98-108). Loughborough: . LISU.

    Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2015, June). Assessing the available and accessible evidence: How personal reputations are determined and managed online. Paper presented at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2015, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

    Buchanan, W., Fan, L., Uthmani, O., Lawson, A. (2014). Information sharing. US 13/739,074, US: , US.

    Lawson, A., Macfarlane, R. (2014, April). Embedding programming skills to support the student journey in networking, security and digital forensics. Paper presented at HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey, University of Edinburgh.

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